Sunday, August 17, 2008

Working men


There used to be a saw mill on the island where we have our summer house. It started around 1900 and closed in 1952. There are a lot of old photos from that era, and I love looking at them, seeing how the island looked in those days, what people were wearing, the interiors of their homes and how life was organized around the saw mill.

There are, among others, some group photos of the workers. I can´t help but noticing how proud they all look, from the thirteen year-old boys to the oldest men. Their lives must have been quite tough, the work was hard, but they were still considered lucky to be working in a place with good housing for the workers and a lot of advantages that workers in those days usually didn´t have, such as free fire wood and electricity.

These drawings are from one of those group photos. They aren´t portraits, the faces in the photo are too small to see each one clearly, but I tried to capture those proud expressions on their faces and their clothes. I´ll be doing some more of these in the next few days, since I think they´re so interesting. Plus, it gets me drawing again. I´ve been kind of lazy lately.

20 x 15 cm, Lamy Safari with Noodler´s Polar Black ink on Canson Montval watercolour paper.

9 comments:

Glitz Ink said...

very very cool! i can't wait to see the rest!

susan said...

Nina, you did a great job on the drawing of these two men. I also enjoyed your writing about the history behind them.

maria said...

Skäret som var världen...

Jag har många gånger undrat över hur det skulle ha varit att växa upp och bo där ute i den lilla världen.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

They are interesting Nina. Great project. great work.

Starr said...

Loved the history and story. I can not believe the talent you have. This is going to be a great project. Love the Color scheme. Wonderful Work!

Kathleen said...

old photos are a great source of interesting subjects - love your portrayals of these men

Teri C said...

Such interesting-looking guys. You really captured their personalities!

A Brush with Color said...

wonderful!

Misha said...

i find these so surprisingly fresh looking> I do like your shadows in the faces without destroying the face, it's fascinating how you do this.
When I was little i was introduced to gouache painting which seemed to dry more easily and was more opaque - also now some people only use acrylic paint. Have you tried these media. I find I cannot control the washes, I'm too impatient and too unskilled!
Yours are wonderful!
In Christ, Misha